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9/11: Is the U.S. Safer Seven Years Later?

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Posted on Sep 11, 2008

On the seventh anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Link TV’s Mosaic Intelligence Report takes stock and asks some key questions: Has President Bush’s “war on terror” made any progress? Has al-Qaida diminished or grown in strength?

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By Fadel Abdallah, September 12, 2008 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment

How are we possibly be safer when, as a revenge for the tragic loss of some 1800 Americans on 9/11, we had to send some more than five thousand of their fellow citizens to their death in Iraq and another thousand or more in Afghanistan, without mentioning the 30 thousands of American who were crippled for life in these two wars?!

All this without counting the almost one million Iraqis killed, mostly civilians, and possibly another quarter of million civilian deaths in Afghanistan. This is also without mentioning the total destruction of these two countries! And this is also without counting the billions of dollars in treasury spent on these two wars that can be rightly called state-sponsored terrorism.

One question that needs to be asked on the anniversary of 9/11 is this: Where is the measure of justice and proportion in executing such terrible price for the lives of 1800 killed in a big criminal act?!

9/11 was indeed a big crime that should have been investigated as such, and it should have been approached with the assumption that it might have been an inside job, which is what happens when a mysterious homicide takes place and the family of the victims are the first to be investigated. Have we forgotten how many high profile crimes, when properly investigated, ended finding that the culprit was a member of the victim’s family, an insider friend, or a hired assassin?!

Alas, now it’s too late for that since the evidence and truth have been buried under seven long years of lies, deception, psychological barrier of fear and two terrible and very costly wars half way around the world!

With all this and the thousands of aggrieved people who, in desperation from the lack of justice, would try to avenge their dead ones and end their miserable lives, how is it possible even to raise the question of whether we are safer today! Unfortunately, the answer is that we will never be as safe again as we were before 9/11, for the simple fact that terrorism on one scale will always begets terrorism at another scale.

Only a mercy from heaven sending us thoughtful and wise leaders might be able to break the cycle of terrorism and counter-terrorism. Militarism will never solve the problem, but always has the prospect of exacerbating it!

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By jack, September 12, 2008 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, Saudi Arabia - premiere staging ground of Middle East black-ops, and premiere source for Middle East patsies - the Global War Of Terror is Gladio for the 21st C. e.g.

J. Michael Springmann, formerly chief of the visa section at the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has testified that he rejected hundreds of suspicious visa applications by Saudi Aabian men similar to those named as the 9/11 Hijackers/Patsies when we was head of the consular section of the US embassy in Jeddah, but C.I.A. officers repeatedly overruled him and ordered the visas to be issued.

Springmann protested to the State Department, the Office of Diplomatic Security, the F.B.I., the Justice Department and congressional committees, but was told to shut up. He later realized that this was a CIA operation, and wrote about it in the Spring 1997 issue of the journal Unclassified.

After 9/11, Springmann observed that 15 of the 19 Hijackers / Patsies got their visas from the very same CIA controlled consulate in Jeddah - (US News and World Report 12/12/01).

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By bob fora, September 12, 2008 at 11:28 am Link to this comment
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The real problem is that after seven years, nothing has changed. We still support monarchies and presidents for life in the Middle East instead of democracy, and the Saudi people (of which 15 of the hijackers were) are still prevented from overthrowing the King and establishing a democracy by the American troops stationed there.

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By jack, September 12, 2008 at 1:50 am Link to this comment
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The “?” over the face of whatever terrorist is lurking is perfect. Why? Cearly Bin Ladin or any of his agents will appear wherever they’re most needed to appear next.

If we’re any safer, it’s because the military will no longer blindly follow the Cheney faction. They stared him down a year ago over the Barksdale nuke. The neocons are out!

In the long run, however, we may not be safer because the ascending power faction is Brzezinski’s team and he’s set on destroying Russia. Ideally he’d have Russia at war with China, but it’s a gambit that may ultimately destroy us all.

Peace is not in the future with any of the presidential choices at hand. Unfortunately not unless the citizenry denounces the lot of them.

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By cyrena, September 12, 2008 at 12:15 am Link to this comment

I agree with randyha. Other nations (all over the world) are biding their time to the extent that they can, waiting to talk to Barack Obama.

I learned some time back that as of yet, it is STILL not the American people who are despised around the globe, bt our government - the Gangster regime that highjacked us nearly 8 years ago.

Now they didn’t like our government’s behavior/policies so much before that either, or we wouldn’t have had the earlier attacks on the Embassies in Africa, and the USS Cole. (the USS Cole was docked at Yemen WITHOUT APPROVAL FROM THAT GOVERNMENT!!!

We really *DO* have to kick the “hegemony by hubris/arrogance/military aggression” habit, and stop F-ing with the rest of the world. We can’t just keep putting our warships and all of our big weapons all over the place, whenever, and where ever we feel like it, and thinking that it’s NOT gonna piss off a whole bunch of other folks. Just being ‘the biggest’ and having the most powerful military in the world, (and I’m hesitant about how powerful that is at this point) is not enough protection, even for bullies. Or maybe especially for bullies.

I’m convinced that accomplished leader who really did WANT to eliminate the primary motivations for global terror, would have been able to do it, and easily. But that has been the polar opposite intent/agenda of the Dick Bush Gangster Fascist Regime. They’ve CREATED this exactly what has occurred in terms of global terrorism, or at least made it far worse, since we know that it is the policies/behaviors of the US government for some decades back now, that has created this monster.

ONLY when we get a leader willing to engage in the reality of what has created this to begin with, will we see any progress in terms of global terror. Besides, the real global terror threat isn’t restricted to, or even MOSTLY perpetrated by Islamist extremists. And prior to the Gangster regime, there wasn’t this focus on “Islamists” being the big bad boogey man. So this whole ‘Islamist Extremism” is something the Dick Bush Gangsters created. The attacks on US interests prior to 9/11 weren’t about religious extremism; they were responses to the US policies on global hegemony, and how the US has exploited so much of the rest of the globe. It’s really that simple. Until we have a leader willing to use diplomacy and talk to equals as equals, (which is the whole point of relations between nations) then we’ll just continue to be at risk. Chalmers Johnson has aptly described this in his Blowback Trilogy.

I’m not suggesting that there isn’t an element of Islamist extremism in the broader scheme of plain old global terror, but we haven’t really experienced that, HERE in the US. In reality, the Gangster regime has just made it worse for so many other nations where these off-shoots and wannabe’s (like Jamal said) have appeared. Even if one believes that al-Qaeda had anything to do with 9/11, (and I’m not sure that I think they did, other than maybe as patsies) we haven’t had any other bona fide threats from Islamists since then, or before then. Nothing that can be verified as such.

Now of course it’s not for lack of tryin’ and lyin’. We see what they’ve done to people like Jose Padilla, and others. Then there’s Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and the prison at Bagram in Afghanistan.  Here’s something from that horror that continues:

•  “The American detention center, established at the Bagram military base as a temporary screening site after the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, is now teeming with some 630 prisoners — more than twice the 275 being held at Guantánamo.”

Still, no matter how hard they’ve tried, and how many thousands have been captured, detained, and tortured, still nothing for a connection between 9/11 and Islamic extremism, or even for sure al-Qaeda. And, nothing since. At least now here in the US. All of our terrorists are local, Christian and Caucasian.

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By randyha, September 11, 2008 at 11:06 pm Link to this comment

We won’t be safe with people like McCain who still operate on a still-a-POW mindset. We need a leader who voted against this war (then they’ll BE no POWs). Leaders all over the world want to TALK to Barack and work things out. Remember this country use to be BELOVED all over the world. Now, the anti-American campaign in some countries isn’t against “us” but our government’s behavior/policies.

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By Andrew Lam, September 11, 2008 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment
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No we’re not safer! But that’s exactly what the Bush’s and the McCain’s want us to feel so they can continue their quest for global conquest. Who trained bin Laden?

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